windows xp display upside down

If you are reading this upside down then chances are you are looking for information on how to get your display to appear the right way up. I had this problem the other day when one of my cats was wandering around on my laptop keyboard, and suddenly the display was upside down.

This won’t work for all displays as it is driver dependent, but CTRL – ALT and either the up or down arrows flips the display over on mine.

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Thanks for this, this simple advice has just saved the life of a colleague who was at the point of despair!

Linda 2006-11-17 16:32:42

Great advice so thanks a lot. Do you know how difficult it is trying to access the web upside down? Very. Saved my life.

paul 2006-12-17 22:11:04

Thank you sooooo much!!!

christine camilleri 2007-03-02 20:34:10

I wasn’t looking at the display while typing, so I had absolutely no idea how/when it flipped… yours was the first google hit when I searched for the problem. Thanks for saving me a bunch of time.

Dan 2007-03-09 03:26:23

Fantastic! I was about to pull my hair out (or that of my 6 year old daughter who caused the problem!) but this solved it immediately.

Neil 2007-03-15 16:26:10

When I saw my 17months old baby in front of my notebook with the display upside down, I thought my life was over! Your simple advice saved me. Thank you soooooo.. much!!!

Abigail 2008-03-30 07:43:41

Cool stuff!
Do you know if there’s also a way to flip the display upside down in OSX 10.5 on a Macbook Pro?

Flipmo 2009-08-22 12:44:42

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linux stagnation

my unsupported red hat 8.0 box is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up to date now that the live update thing doesn’t work. I feel abandoned. I don’t want to waste precious time trying to resolve dependency problems. I am having problems installing things. There is no commercial work on the cards to make use of this box.

There is an evil glint in my eye because the linux box contains a hard drive and ram which would be just perfect for a windows XP box I am building for video editing. I know, that isn’t what you wanted to hear as you’ve probably googled your way to this page looking for linux info….

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I’ve read that the best way to get round this is to not use the flash and to set up your shot beforehand by half depressing the button so that the autofocus has already taken place in the area the action is going to occur. Using no flash means daylight only or incredibly blurred shots. You can also use "continuous mode" to take pictures in quick succession, but I was unimpressed with the results of this, particularly with a sport like skateboarding where timing is everything to get the optimal shot.

I guess now it is starting to sink in why high end digital SLR’s are still so expensive. In the meantime I might dust off my old olympus 35mm compact for my next trip to the skatepark.

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